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Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 12:01 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Good luck to Mr. Vanessa
A.

jema
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can only echo the sentiments

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How exciting, good luck!

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you, everyone It's lovely to have so much support on here.

If you were looking for a local electrician, would you expect him to have a website?

emmac



Joined: 15 Oct 2009
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best of luck Chris - we'll know where to come if we need an electrician in the future!

Not sure if I would expect him to have a website - but it certainly wouldn't hurt.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Word of mouth and a good reputation far out weigh any other form of advertising and it sounds as if you are there already!

We don't have a web site but as said before as long as they are kept updated and look professional they can't do any harm. I think people would be more likely to 'check you out' on the web rather than find you there in the first place.

The very best of luck!

hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hope it goes well Vanessa.

Word of mouth is definitely the very best publicity for a spark !

Nice to see a simple website too though.

judith



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vanessa wrote:
If you were looking for a local electrician, would you expect him to have a website?


No, not at all.
If I were looking for an electrician, the first thing I would do is talk to other people. And then I would look in Yellow Pages. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't look online for one.
In fact that I suggest you use your advertising budget in shopping at your local shop!!

Jo S



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Testimonials would be good to have on a website, as well as the obvious contact details and qualifications etc.

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for the feedback on websites. I'll get working on one as soon as I can. Will be good to have one in place BEFORE Chris does the "next stage" and qualifies to install photovolatics etc.

alison
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 10 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
vanessa wrote:
If you were looking for a local electrician, would you expect him to have a website?


No, not at all.
If I were looking for an electrician, the first thing I would do is talk to other people. And then I would look in Yellow Pages. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't look online for one.
In fact that I suggest you use your advertising budget in shopping at your local shop!!


I would say yes, simple website, no frills, with qualifications, and testimonials. I never bother with yellow pages any more, I just look it up on line.

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 10 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good luck to you both, I love it when people go self employed. Nothing beats the combination of fear and optimism.

Re website, and I am happy to be shot down on this, may I suggest www.moonfruit.com . It is easy to build a lovely looking site and is free. What you don't get via the free system is an e-mail address but that is easily resolved by getting a gmail one that corresponds to your site name.

Good Luck

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 10 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
vanessa wrote:
If you were looking for a local electrician, would you expect him to have a website?


No, not at all.
If I were looking for an electrician, the first thing I would do is talk to other people. And then I would look in Yellow Pages. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't look online for one.
In fact that I suggest you use your advertising budget in shopping at your local shop!!


Actually the web is the first place i look for local electricians etc...hate YP and don't always get the local paper....I check places like www.ratedpeople.com first

Chickem



Joined: 27 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 10 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ohhh I don't know how I missed this......
How exciting
good luck...... hope all goes well

shopgirlsue



Joined: 26 Jul 2006
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Location: Nr Shaftesbury
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 10 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OH is an electrician not a million miles from you Vanessa and when he was starting out 3 years ago he got most of his work from the local village newsletter and from an advert in the Blackmore Vale magazine.

I'm not sure if it covers your area but if it does it's worth a try.

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